Sleeping on your stomach or with your pillow bunched up is a sure way to a headache. What happens is that your neck becomes twisted for long periods of time as you sleep, putting pressure on the nerves, blood vessels and vertebrae in your cervical (upper) spine. That pressure sends messages to the brain that there’s something that needs to be addressed, and a pain signal is sent to your head. Presto! You have a headache and your neck hurts as well. The solution is sleeping on your back with a pillow that supports your neck fully. You may also sleep on your side, but check with us at the office about the proper sleeping position that won’t create headaches. If you bring in your pillow to our office, I’ll check it to see if it’s part of the reason you have headaches. For example, a pillow that is too thin or too fluffy will contribute to headaches because it doesn’t support the cervical curve in your neck. The cervical curve is a natural S-shaped curve in your neck. If the pillow is too flat, that pillow flattens your cervical curve. If the pillow is too fluffy, it exaggerates your cervical curve. In the past 20 years, chiropractors have used a complete range of cervical pillows to fit the necks of those who are young and old
Scientists don’t know exactly what it is about caffeine that can cause a headache, but they do know that there is a clear connection. The big question is what is too much coffee? If you’re drinking six cups a day, that’s too much! Four cups a day is too much! Three cups of coffee a day may be too much as well. For some people, any coffee is too much; the caffeine triggers a headache and keeps them away from a headache-free life. If you are drinking too much coffee, it’s important that you decrease your coffee consumption slowly. DO NOT STOP COFFEE COLD TURKEY! If you stop drinking coffee cold turkey, you will get a headache and it won’t be just an ordinary headache. It will be a monstrous headache! The best way to cut your coffee consumption is to decrease slowly by 1/2 cup a day. The same principle can be applied to chocolate. If you eat chocolate every single day three times, decrease it one time a day. Chocolate contains caffeine and you can develop that monstrous headache from its withdrawal.
Very clever researchers discovered that certain chemicals, especially MSG added to Chinese food is a strong headache trigger in many people. Foods that contain MSG might not necessarily list “MSG” or “monosodium glutamate” on the label. Instead, you’ll see: hydrolyzed vegetable protein, natural flavorings, sodium caseinate, yeast extract, hydrolyzed yeast, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed oat flour, calcium caseinate, hydrolyzed plant protein, hydrolyzed protein. Protein isolates of any type may contain MSG, even soy protein. If you eat processed foods, it will be rare for you to see a label without one of these! Every fast food chain uses it in their food ingredients! You may lose to gain. What I mean by this is that you may lose your present life in the meal department to gain a headache-free life. What you gain is learning how to cook and prepare foods from scratch. You gain the freedom to do things you couldn’t do before and you can do them without restriction. You gain the affection lost by family members who didn’t understand your headaches. In a few months, you will have adapted so much to your new diet, that your family and friends will want to come over to see what you’re cooking that tastes so good! Natural food cooking is different than what it was like a decade ago. It’s easier to find cookbooks, share recipes, and find near ready-made alternatives at the health food stores and whole food superstores. NutraSweet and aspartame are unnatural sugars synthesized in the laboratory. There have been thousands of reports about headaches and even brain tumors linked to aspartame. The “sugar-free” label really isn’t so sweet after all. Avoid anything that has a list of chemicals in it! If you’re truly serious about eliminating your headaches, try one week without any chemicals. That includes diet sodas, which are nothing more than a chemical concoction! When you go one week without chemicals, you will be amazed at how different you feel and besides that, you will have a week free from headaches. Tell me what happens because I will want to write it down so other patients will be motivated.
When you don’t eat regular meals, you get energy from stored fats and carbohydrates. This happens automatically in response to low blood sugar from not eating. Keep a journal of your diet and look for a pattern of headaches that appear when you don’t eat breakfast, skip lunch or dinner, or go to bed hungry. The best diet you can eat is one that supplies you with three meals a day and snacks in between.
Carbohydrate foods are foods such as breads, pasta, cakes, cookies, candy, muffins, rice, beans, whole grains, tacos and tortillas. Starchy vegetables such as peas, corn, potatoes, acorn squash, and other winter squashes also contain high levels of carbohydrates. Milk products are another good source. It’s okay to have carbohydrate foods in your diet, but limit them to a maximum of three or four servings per meal. Some people must limit them to one or two to become headache-free. Watching your diet for the number of carbohydrates eaten in any one meal can be a big revelation into why you have headaches. Too many carbohydrates cause headaches by raising insulin levels that lower blood sugar too fast and also increase inflammation in the body. Here’s an example of too many carbohydrates in a meal: Oatmeal with raisins, orange juice, a muffin, and an apple. You may think that the oatmeal meal is a healthy meal but it contains too many carbohydrates. The headache-free breakfast would be oatmeal with milk and an apple. You could even add an egg to this new meal. Here’s another example: Steak, big baked potato with butter, green beans, peas, corn, salad, and apple pie a la mode. Here’s your headache-free meal: Steak, 1/3 to 1/2 baked potato with butter, green beans, salad, one-fourth slice of apple pie a la mode.
Many people believe that it’s not a good idea to eat red meat, so they eliminate it from their diet. Grass-fed red meat is an excellent source of nutrients, including omega-3 fats that prevent headaches! The problem is that when many people eat less meat, they don’t substitute other protein foods for the red meat. Other protein foods include fish, chicken, turkey, wild meats, eggs, cheese and dairy products. If you don’t have enough protein in a meal, your body cannot repair itself. Without enough protein in a meal, the composition of that meal is primarily carbohydrates and fat. And we already know what too many carbohydrates in a meal can do: cause a headache! Make sure you eat some form of protein at every meal. Even adding one or two eggs for breakfast can change your life and your headaches! See how good your day goes when you have enough protein! Eat at least three ounces (about the size of a computer mouse) at each meal and you’ll have the minimum amount you need each day.
Food allergies will trigger a headache quickly. If you’re allergic to a food, whether it’s yeast, milk, peanuts, wheat, or sugar, it’s possible that you will have a headache after eating that food. In children suffering from migraines and epilepsy, eliminating offending foods will result in a reduction of seizures. What makes food allergies more complicated is that a food essentially stays in the body for four days so you could be reacting to a food eaten four days ago! Food allergies can easily be tested, simply by sending a blood sample to the clinical lab for ELISA testing. Now it’s possible to test for allergies to 99 different foods by ordering a test kit online. Google “Meridian Valley Clinical Laboratory, Kent, WA” for the ELISA test and order one if you think there’s a possibility you may be allergic to foods. The laboratory will send out your kit, which you’ll take to a local lab that draws blood. The hospital outpatient lab may even draw the blood for you. Then you’ll send the blood to Meridian Valley Clinical Laboratory and they will send you your results. Find out for sure if you’re allergic to foods; there’s no point in eliminating foods from the diet if they aren’t causing you headaches.
For a minute, think back to a time when you were constipated. How did you feel? Miserable! I must tell you how important it is to have a bowel movement at least twice daily. If you don’t, you are constipated! What happens inside the body when you are constipated is not pretty! All that waste matter sitting inside your intestines is rotting! Forgive me for being so graphic, but I want you to understand this. There is a process in the body called diffusion that happens inside the cells that works like this: wherever you have a higher concentration of something, it will flow to an area of lower concentration. When you have a high concentration of wastes in the intestines, they start “polluting” the rest of the organs in your abdomen. This is part of the reason why so many men have prostate problems! Those wastes in your colon are in such a high concentration that they start “flowing” to other places in the body. Countless patients have told me over the years that part of the reason why they got headaches was because they were constipated. So stop carrying around those old meals as a suitcase in your colon and start feeling better. You will clearly have fewer headaches as a result. Some simple ways to do this: When you get up in the morning, drink two to three 8-oz glasses of water within five minutes. This will result in a bowel movement within about 30 minutes.Obtain slippery elm bark powder from the health food store and mix 1 to 2 tablespoons in 1/3 cup applesauce. Eat once or twice daily. This works for diarrhea or constipation and is gentle enough for babies.Obtain a colon cleanse formula and use it for at least six weeks.Start eating celery or carrot sticks with lunch and dinner, or add 1 cup cooked vegetables to every meal.Add 3 oz. aloe vera juice to every meal.
Your body uses water to dissolve EVERYTHING except fats and fat-soluble vitamins. When you don’t have water, you can’t dissolve toxins and get them out of the body. Your blood has a high percentage of water. When your water levels are only 5% lower, your efficiency suffers by 30%. Aim for 1 oz. water for every 2 pounds you weigh. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you need a minimum of 75 oz. water per day. That’s equivalent to a little over nine 8-oz glasses water. If you drink three in the morning when you wake up, you only have six more to go for the rest of the day. That’s easy!
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies cause headaches. I’m not going to go through every one of the vitamins and mineral deficiencies that do this because you’ll rush out and try to buy them. The problem with that thinking is that it doesn’t work. You must have balanced nutrition, a balanced amount of vitamins and minerals to make nutrients work. A good vitamin/mineral supplement plan is important.
Processed foods cause headaches by causing inflammation; the more inflammation, the more frequent you’ll have headaches. The way that processed foods cause inflammation is by the chemicals in them called advanced glycationendproducts, or AGEs. These AGEs are worse than free radicals, causing mini explosive reactions inside the body’s organs that lead to aging, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and inflammation. Once you commit to not eating processed foods, your life actually becomes simpler and you end up saving money on the grocery bill. Your lunch and dinner meals are similar: protein food (meat), grain, vegetable, and fruit for dessert. The simpler they are, the easier they are to prepare. For example, one meal could be chicken breast, brown rice, green beans with almonds, applesauce, and beverage. While you’re cutting out processed foods, you’ll also start to notice that you aren’t aging fast anymore. Your waistline is returning without trying. You have more energy and more concentrated brain power. And you’re headache free!
GingerGinger contains over 500 different compounds, many of them which are anti-inflam-matory in nature. Try a 500 mg capsule when you feel a headache coming on, or about one third of a teaspoon. Cook with ginger regularly. One simple recipe is to braise beef or chicken strips with broccoli and one-half cup diced or sliced ginger. Use pineapple juice as a sweetener in this dish. Omega-3 fatsThe average American has eaten too many omega-6 fats in their diet over the last 20 years that has resulted in a widespread omega-3 fat deficiency. Omega-3 fats prevent inflammation in the body. The tie in to a headache is that inflammation can lead to a headache. Make sure you have omega-3 fats in your diet by adding two to four capsules of 500 mg EPA with DHA daily. Antioxidant VitaminsDid you know that increasing your vitamin C intake could reduce inflammation in the body by 45%? That’s what researchers reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in March of 2006. A level of 2000 mg is a good start to decreasing inflam-mation in the body that may be related to headache. You can always increase it later. Make sure, also, that you get at least 400 IU vitamin E in your supplements daily. Vitamin E is responsible for reducing inflammation of the muscles, which may occur in the neck and cause headache. MagnesiumThis vital mineral has been found in deficiency levels in those who have migraines. It’s an essential mineral for contraction of the blood vessels. Adding 300-400 mg magnesium per day is probably safe, however, without a hair analysis test to see where all your mineral levels are, you’re taking shots in the dark. FeverfewThis herb has been used traditionally for treating headaches. Use as directed on the label. GermaniumGermanium has been used to oxygenate the system and provides pain relief in many different situations. When using it, take it on an empty stomach, and never at the same time with any prescription medications. 200 to 300 mg may prove extremely helpful.
Freedom from headaches and migraines
Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp<br />Owner of Beauchamp Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Centre.<br />Dr. Beauchamp is a wellness chiropractor, a certified personal fitness trainer, a professional natural bodybuilder, a wellness consultant and lecturer.<br />Co-Author of the book Wellness On The Go<br />Creator of Roadmap to Wellness, an on-line, self-pace education/coaching program.<br />Her mission is to bring wellness and optimal health locally and globally.<br />
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” <br />Attributed to Thomas Edison<br />
Goals For Our Lecture<br />Looking at the way we think about symptoms and health<br />Understanding the different causes of headaches<br />Understanding the impact of lifestyle stresses in the physical, psychological and biochemical dimensions<br />Understanding the importance of your spine, posture and nervous system for the prevention of headaches and for overall well-being<br />The Top 12 Health and Dietary Habits That Contribute to Headaches <br />Questions<br />
What is a Headache??<br />Pain anywhere in the region of the head and neck. <br />Can be a symptom of many different conditions.<br />
A STUDY OF 6,000 PEOPLE<br />WHO SUFFERED FROM <br />RECURRING HEADACHES<br />FOR 2 TO 25 YEARS<br />SHOWED THAT SPINAL MISALIGNMENT<br />WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR<br />IN THE CAUSE OF THE HEADACHE.<br />
Headaches Caused By Damaged Structures In The Neck<br />To doctors’ amazement, it appears that chiropractors have been right all along. A team of doctors at Syracuse University has established it with scientific, anatomical proof. They’ve pinpointed damaged structures in the neck as the cause of the pain for many chronic headache sufferers. <br />“It’s true that chiropractors have been saying this for years,” Toronto physician Peter Rothbart concedes. “We’ve been struggling,” says the anesthetist and pain specialist. “We haven’t known what the hell we were doing.” “But today we can say: There is hope for headache sufferers.”<br />We’ve found damaged structures in the neck, and have gone on to prove they are the cause of the pain. It turns out that neck problems are the cause of their headaches. <br />
Other common causes of headaches<br /><ul><li>Dehydration (we are 65% water)
Sugar levels</li></li></ul><li>Onset of Headaches<br />20% of adults that suffer from headache state that their headaches started before the age of 10. <br />50% started before age of 20.<br />56% of boys and 74% of girls between 12 and 17 suffer from headaches at least 1x per month. <br />
Covering Up Symptoms<br />VSTreating the Cause<br />
Health Definition:<br />“A condition of wholeness in which all of the organs are functioning 100% all of the time.”<br />Webster’s Dictionary<br />Body<br />60% Function<br />Lower Immunity<br />Cancer/Heart Disease Asthma, Allergies<br /> Symptoms first appear<br />Drugs<br />Body <br />100% Function<br />100% Optimal Health and Healing<br />
Living actively</li></li></ul><li>“The real concern is that so many people are taking pills; they are simply ignoring the warning signs of ill health. Pain tells us something is wrong.”<br />
Too Many Drugs!<br /><ul><li>In an average year, 1.6 million people are hospitalized due to the side effects of prescribed drugs.
106 ,000 people die each year from side effects of prescribed drugs − the equivalent of three jumbo-jet crashes every 2 days.JAMA—December 21, 1994, Vol.272, No.23, p.1851
1 in 3 TV commercials is a drug advertisement. By the time the average child reaches 18, they have seen 20,000 hours of drug commercials.</li></li></ul><li>A Question to Make You Think….<br />When you have a headache are you suffering from an aspirin shortage?<br />
Daily Aspirin?…Increases the Risk of Brain Hemorrhage<br />Medical researchers have found that taking daily dosages of aspirin could reduce the number of heart attacks by 32%.<br />However…<br />They also found that daily aspirin could increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke and serious gastrointestinal damage by 84%.<br />JAMA Dec. 9, 1998 JAMA June 3, 1988 V 259,n21 Medical World News May 23, 1988, V 29, n10<br />
About Tylenol Risks<br />People who take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) every day for a year, increase their risk of kidney failure by 40%<br />The link between liver damage and Acetaminophen was reported 3 decades ago.<br />Children’s Tylenol now has a warning label due to the fact that 100 children die per year due to liver or kidney failure.<br />Health Facts, April 1996 v 21, n 203 Associated Press, Jan 5, 1996<br />
What are the Determinants of Longevity & Quality of Life?<br />Genetics?<br />Lifestyle ?<br />Brain and Nervous System?<br />
Why stress is so important to understand<br />Stress is one of the leading contributors to preventable disease. <br />
Two Types of Stress<br />Positive stress = Eustress<br />Negative stress = Distress<br />Not all stress is bad stress. <br />
What is stress?<br />Hans Selye was the founder of the concept of stress. <br />He was a Canadian MD, Ph.D., endocrinologist and became famous for presenting his research on the concept of Stress as a specific condition he termed GAS – General Adaptation Syndrome. <br />
The Effects of Stress<br />Doubles the rate of heart and cardiovascular problems<br />More than doubles the rate of anxiety and depression<br />Doubles the rate of substance abuse<br />Doubles the rate of infectious diseases<br />Doubles the rate of relationship problems<br />Triples the rate of back pain<br />Contribute to a five time increase in some cancers <br />
Causes of subluxations<br /><ul><li>Physical Stress
Processed foods</li></li></ul><li>Is Your Panel Tripping<br />
Subluxations<br />Subluxations are misalignments of the spine incurred when the body is stressed beyond it’s capacity to adapt. Subluxations create interference on the nervous system which is the master system.<br />
Subluxations<br />Damage you nerves<br />Cause tissue inflammation<br />Cause muscles to tighten and knot<br />Weaken you body <br />Set the stage for sickness and disease<br />
The Human Body: A Wonderful Machine<br /><ul><li> The human is designed for strength, flexibility, </li></ul> endurance and adaptability.<br /><ul><li> When properly maintained and used it is designed </li></ul> to last a lifetime. <br /><ul><li> From the rear the spine of the human body is not </li></ul> only straight but supported by a level pelvis.<br />
Designed For Strength<br /><ul><li> Like a suspension bridge normal curves </li></ul> provide strength and protection of the <br /> nervous system.<br /><ul><li> Cervical Lordosis
Nervous System<br /><ul><li>Fact 1.</li></ul> We live our lives through our nervous systems: it’s the master system<br />
Nervous System<br /><ul><li>Fact 2:</li></ul> The nervous system coordinates all tissues, cells and organs in the body.<br />
Nervous System<br /><ul><li>Fact 3.</li></ul> Nervous System Interference<br /> A state of the body where overwhelming lifestyle stress causes interference with the nervous system function and results in spinal misalignment.<br />
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Insight Millennium Scans: measure your Nervous System<br /><ul><li>Certified by the Space Foundation and as been used by NASA to measure pre and post stress on Astronaut’s nervous system
The Chiropractic Principles<br />The body is a self healing, self regulating organism.<br />The nervous system is responsible for coordinating the function of every cell, tissue and organ in the body. (Gray’s Anatomy, 29th Edition, Page 4)<br />Subluxations (spinal misalignment) are the #1 cause of interference with the body’s inborn or innate intelligence which is the ability to self heal and self regulate through the nervous system.<br />Chiropractic is the only healing science responsible for locating and correcting subluxations through the Chiropractic Adjustment, thereby restoring the body’s ability to heal itself.<br />
The Top 12 Health and Dietary Habits That Contribute to Headaches<br /> 2) Too much caffeine and/or chocolate causes headaches<br />
The Top 12 Health and Dietary Habits That Contribute to Headaches<br />3) A diet that contains too much monosodium glutamate (MSG), NutraSweet, Aspartame, diet sodas causes headaches<br />
MSG in disguise…<br />MSG might not necessarily list “MSG” or “monosodium glutamate” on the label. <br />Instead, you’ll see: hydrolyzed vegetable protein, natural flavorings, sodium caseinate, yeast extract, hydrolyzed yeast, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed oat flour, calcium caseinate, hydrolyzed plant protein, hydrolyzed protein. <br />Protein isolates of any type may contain MSG, even soy protein. <br />If you eat processed foods, it will be rare for you to see a label without one of these! Every fast food chain uses it in their food ingredients!<br />
The Top 12 Health and Dietary Habits That Contribute to Headaches<br />4) Low blood sugar from not eating regular meals causes headaches.<br />
The Top 12 Health and Dietary Habits That Contribute to Headaches<br /> 5) Low blood sugar from eating too many carbohydrate foods in a meal causes headaches.<br />
The Top 12 Health and Dietary Habits That Contribute to Headaches<br /> 6) Low blood sugar from not enough protein in the meal or in the diet causes headaches.<br />
The Top 12 Health and Dietary Habits That Contribute to Headaches<br /> 7) Food allergies cause headaches<br />
The Top 12 Health and Dietary Habits That Contribute to Headaches<br /> 8) Faulty digestion and elimination causes headaches<br />
The Top 12 Health and Dietary Habits That Contribute to Headaches<br />9) Dehydration causes headaches<br /> <br />
The Top 12 Health and Dietary Habits That Contribute to Headaches<br />10) Malnutrition causes headaches<br />